Bontrager R4 Road Tires - Clincher

2.4/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $70.00

Product Description

  • 220 tpi casing gives unparalleled comfort, light weight
  • Bontrager-exclusive aero wings for advanced aerodynamics
  • Integrated sub-tread puncture protection

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by JRay a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2014

Strengths:    Tacky (even in wet), light weight, feels like a tubular

Weaknesses:    mileage, lack of sidewalls/colors

Bottom Line:   
This is a Race tire, plain and simple. If you want something for commuting or even for riding daily this is NOT the tire for you, and nor should you expect it to. I used this exclusively for crits and road races and it did not disappoint. I didn't notice any more puncture threats than the other road tires I've used in the past. It feels as close to a tubular tire as I can get with a clincher. It gave me great confidence in the corners at speed and i'm planning on buying them again for the upcoming race tire. The lack of colors available wasn't important to me, but to some it matters, which is why I mentioned it.

Again, not an everyday tire. An excellent race-dedicated tire.

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Purchased At:   The Bike Lane

Similar Products Used:   Michlen Pro Race 3, Bontrager R3, Conti GP4k, Conti GP4Ks, Specialized Mondo

Bike Setup:   Felt FA custom build, rider weight around 170-175lbs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trek Fan

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2013

Strengths:    Fast, Light, and seems durable thus far.

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
I have not had any problems with these tires. I have had one flat on them and I have gone about 1,300 miles. I think that they are super fast and easy to mount on the wheels. They are kind of pricy but I have not had any problems and have had several rides in wet conditions with them and at no point did I feel worried about the tires.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by argibson

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2012

Strengths:    Supple nice riding tire with good dry grip. No experience in wet conditions.

Weaknesses:    These are the fastest wearing tires I have ever owned...showing cords within 600 miles! I have previously used Conti 4000s and got 3000 miles out of those (swapping front and rear around 2000 miles), and Michelin Pro Race 3 I have usually gotten 2000 miles out of (swapping front and rear around 1200 miles). Wow, for a $70 tire that came on a really expensive 2013 Project One Madone, I expected more.

Bottom Line:   
I contacted Bontrager about this and they could have been less helpful.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bill

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2012

Strengths:    Rides ok

Weaknesses:    This came with my bike. First tire wore through to the tube in multiple places in 1000 miles. Dealer gave me a new one. It lasted 1100 miles before it blew the same way.

Bottom Line:   
This tire is a POS. Unless you are willing to spend $70 every 1000 miles forget this tire. Conti tires go 3 to 4 times as far.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Andrew

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2012

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Easy flats

Bottom Line:   
I have 800 km on my new bike and I have now blown both Bontrager R4 on my bike. I pressured them both to 110 psi (range on tire states 90-125 psi) and went out for a ride today. I rode 18 km, laid down the bike and as i'm chatting with the bike on it's side, the front tire blows a hole out the side. I fixed the tube and managed to get back to the vehicle, only to find the back tire losing air rapidly from a couple of slices. I was riding on a highway, which I don't feel is unreasonable for this tire type. I weigh 190 lbs, the bike is 16, and have only taken this bike on highway rides. Do not waste your money.

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